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Turning Off The TV #7: Doctor Who


Welcome to my regular Thursday feature, Turning off the TV! In this feature I recommend books similar to TV shows or films you may have enjoyed, both series and specific episodes.

The TV series this week is: Doctor Who.

Doctor Who

The adventures of The Doctor, an alien time traveler – a Time Lord – from Gallifrey. Together with his companions they travel through time and space in the TARDIS, battling evil where they find it.

What, you thought I wasn’t going to do a Doctor Who version of this feature eventually?? It’s hard to pick just a few books that would appeal to fans of the show, as there are so many different events and places – so this will cover the time travel/science fiction aspect of it. I may do further installments of this feature focusing on specific episodes, as I’ve done with Supernatural.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1) by Cristin Terrill

My review for All Our Yesterdays is full of Doctor Who GIFs, so I guess this was an obvious one. It focuses on time travel, young love and is just pretty damn amazing. Plus there’s a character called The Doctor. I kept seeing this one all over various blogs just before release, and thought it would just be ‘another YA novel’. Boy, was I wrong.

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

I was kindly sent this at the end of last year by the publisher, Faber & Faber, although I have yet to read it. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells follows the story of a young woman who, after several hardships in her life, follows the advice of her doctor (yes, another one!) and takes part in a rather unusual procedure. She travels back in time: to 1918, 1941 and 1985, and witnesses how her life would have played out were she alive then. It sounds like a really interesting look at time travel and alternate worlds/lives, and would be great for fans of Doctor Who who don’t often read science fiction.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Okay maybe I recommend this book to everybody. But the Hyperion Cantos series by Dan Simmons is a truly epic science fiction series that any fan of sci-fi should try. I think it will appeal to Doctor Who fans because I could definitely see the Shrike in an episode of the show: a terrifying creature that is actually just very misunderstood. Plus there are lots of different stories set on lots of different planets, and all the technology! The Doctor would have a field day.

Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Do you have any recommendations to add?


13 thoughts on “Turning Off The TV #7: Doctor Who”

  1. As someone who loves TV, I love this feature–especially since you’ve featured a lot of my favorite shows!
    I always recommend All Our Yesterdays to fan of Doctor Who. As far as time travel books go, it’s the one that reminds me the MOST of Doctor Who from what I’ve read(though without any of the fun parts. . . that book is quite sad!). I also really like Hourglass by Myra McEntire for a time travel book. I wasn’t as thrilled with the second book, but I’m reading the third book in that series soon so we’ll see. Hourglass definitely has a bit of a Doctor Who vibe, though, and there’s even some Doctor Who references in the book.

    1. Thanks a lot Stormy =D Good taste in TV ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’ve not heard of Hourglass, looks like I’m going to have to look into that one =) And yay for DW references!

  2. Yay, I’m so glad you did a Doctor Who feature (my obsession is out of control in the best way possible, but you knew that haha)! I’ve had All Our Yesterdays on my Good Reads to be read list for ages, but this definitely makes me move it up the list quite a bit. I’m going to have to read it ASAP now! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. *cries* YES TO ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. I’m not sure I’ve heard of the Greta Wells book, but since the main character travels back in time, I’m going to add it to my wishlist. I freakin’ love time travel. I need more. I feel like I should make a list. Yes, lists are good.

    1. I’d not heard of it either, until I got it in the post! I want to bump it up on my TBR list actually, I may read it after my next book group read.

      And lists are ALWAYS good.

    1. I need to hurry up and read Greta Wells really – it was a total surprise from the publisher, I don’t think I’ve ever received (or requested) anything from them before. I’m not sure if it was a Reading Room book, but I don’t remember requesting it on there either! It’s a mystery ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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